The Flash Season 3 Episode 17 “Duet” Recap


The Flash returned this week with a musical crossover episode in which Barry and Kara Danvers from Supergirl got thrown into another world.

The Flash has definitely had a darker season this most this time around and this episode was what everyone needed to get through it. Barry and Kara are a dynamic duo who need to be paired together more often, and especially when singing is involved. Although it was set around the 40’s, it was one of the most progressive episode’s of any show I’ve seen, and all in all, it was a damn delight to watch. Of course, it had some problems, but they weren’t until the very end and they were pretty focused on Supergirl and Kara Danvers’ storyline.

“Duets,” although gave off the image of two superheroes defeated the villain, it was really a ploy to get the leads of two different shows to focus on their love lives. Although I have a variety of issues with both Barry and Iris’ and Kara and Mon-El’s relationships, I thought the way this episode handled things was perfect. And I only cried once.

Supergirl — “Star-Crossed” — SPG216c_0345.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Chris Wood as Mike/Mon-El — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

At the end of the last episode of Supergirl “Star-Crossed,” it was pretty clear that Kara wanted nothing to do with Mon-EL anymore after he lied to her. But this is The CW so we all know that they’re probably going to work through it, she’s going to forgive him, he’s going to promise he’ll never lie again, and they’re going to get back together. And surprise! They did! But it wasn’t as terrible as I was expecting.

So with that, let’s recap…

“Duet” began with Mon-El, J’onn, and a comatose Kara traveling to Earth-1 so the team of The Flash can help save her. Of course, The Music Meister shows up at that exact time and puts Barry in a coma much like Kara’s. Off they go into dream land.

The Flash — “Duet” — FLA317c_0045b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Melissa Benoist as Kara — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

They find themselves in a 1940s club where neither Kara or Barry have their powers. They find one another and realize that all of their friends are here too, but they don’t recognize Kara and Barry. They have different names and lives here in the 1940s. The Music Meister shows up to give them the “rules” of the game- their trapped in this musical world and the only thing they have to do is to make it to the end without dying. If they die in the movie then they die in real life. Simple!

With that, he begins singing “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” accompanied by Jeremy Jordan, John Barrowman, and Carlos Valdes. This song becomes the entire theme of the episode.

Kara and Barry then get pulled into the thick of the story. They get kidnapped by the mobster who runs things around here. He needs their help finding his daughter Millie (Iris). Kara and Barry set off to find Millie and find her hiding out in an apt with Tommy (Mon-El). Tommy’s dad is Millie’s dads rival. Of course. Of course, Barry and Kara are a little freaked out seeing their ex’s together but this is dream land and they have a mission to accomplish. It’s easy for our two favorite superheroes to convince Millie and Tommy to go back with them.

The Flash — “Duet” — FLA317c_0464b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Victor Garber as Professor Martin Stein and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Once their back, they come clean to their dads about their love for one another and Kara and Barry have to defend them, making them realize that they’re both still in love with their ex’s. The dads see their point of view and accept the love the have for one another.

As Barry and Kara begin their rendition of “Superfriends,” the Rachel Bloom written song that’s cheesy as hell, a war breaks out between the two sides of the mobsters. Powerless, they both run and try to stop it but get stuck in crossfire. They both end up getting shot.

Back in the real world, Kara and Barry’s vitals begin dropping so Cisco transports Iris and Mon-El into their dream world in an attempt to save them. They kiss their ex’s, which conveniently saves them and they all wake back in Earth-1. The Music Meister escapes from his cell to tell them that he did this to them because he likes the good guys and wanted to teach them that love is about letting someone else save you. You’re so sneaky, Music Meister.

The Flash — “Duet” — FLA317a_0297b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl and Chris Wood as Mike — Photo: Katie Yu/The CW — © 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

By the end of the episode, both Kara and Barry had realized that they were both too hard on Mon-El and Iris so Barry proposes to Iris and Kara takes Mon-El back. Although the ending could’ve done a bit better in that sense, it made my heart get a little warm and tingly insides so I guess I can’t complain.

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The Flash airs every Tuesday on The CW at 8/7c.